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Am I A Good Candidate For Dental Implants?

Am I A Good Candidate For Dental Implants?

Tooth loss can happen for a variety of reasons. Trauma or injury, breakage, decay, and periodontal disease can cause patients to lose one or more teeth. Tooth loss can impact your ability to eat and speak and make you too self-conscious to even smile. Dental implants are an innovative and long-term tooth replacement solution that do not need to be removed daily like full or partial dentures and they can act to maintain your jaw structure, preventing further dental concerns over time. The dental implant process can take some time and requires commitment and patience, and dental implants are not the right solution for every patient. Here are some factors to consider as you determine if dental implants are right for you.


Can Dental Implants Work For Me?

If you are missing one or more teeth, dental implants could be the perfect solution to restore your ability to eat and speak comfortably, your oral health, and your confidence to smile. Dental implants are a near-permanent tooth replacement solution that can last up to 25 years with proper care. The differences between your natural teeth and a dental implant are imperceptible, and dental implants prevent jawbone loss and help to maintain the structures of your face.

Dental Implants have three parts:

  • Implant: This is the part that acts as the root for your new tooth. Made of titanium, this root is screwed into your jaw to fuse with the bone and should remain permanent for life.
  • Abutment: This is the component that connects the implant and your artificial tooth.
  • Dental Crown: This is usually made of porcelain or zirconium and is the customized prosthetic tooth that will fit seamlessly in with any remaining natural teeth.


What Makes A Good Candidate For Dental Implants?

Adequate Bone Support
Good jawbone health and density are critical for successful dental implants. The dental implants are inserted into the jawbone and the implants must fuse with the bone. If the fusion isn’t strong, the implants can become loose over time.

Healthy Gums
Your gums will act as a support as the dental implants fuse with the jawbone. If you have gum disease (periodontal disease), your gums may not adequately support the implant healing process and put you at higher risk for implant failure.

Good Oral Hygiene Habits
The dental implant process is lengthy and implants are for life. Proper oral hygiene and a commitment to excellent oral care will make the process easier and protect your implants over time. This includes daily brushing and flossing, and regular appointments with your dentist and hygienist.

Excellent Overall Health
The dental implant process requires oral surgery to insert the implants into your jawbone. As with any surgery, implant surgery comes with certain risks that are increased if patients use tobacco or alcohol and if they have underlying health conditions that could impact their ability to undergo surgery or heal effectively.

Commitment To The Process
From your initial assessment and preparatory procedures (like bone grafting or tooth removal if necessary) through the insertion of the implant, healing and finally, the placement of your dental crown, the process for dental implants can be lengthy. Typically it can take anywhere from 6-8 months, but for some patients, it could take up to one year. The ideal candidate for dental implants is someone who is willing to commit the time and effort for this long-lasting, healthy, and attractive tooth replacement option.


Dental Implants In Calgary At Dr. Korol Dental

If tooth loss is impairing your ability to eat or speak comfortably dental implants might be the solution you need. If you are healthy with good oral hygiene, healthy gums, sufficient bone density, and are willing to commit to the process of dental implants, schedule a consultation with Dr. Korol and begin your journey to restore your smile.

Dr. Korol and her skilled and compassionate team are committed to providing the highest quality and safest, most holistic approach to dental care, oral health, and overall well-being. We offer the newest and most effective treatments and technologies to support a lifetime of good health. Our practice is committed to a biocompatible approach to family dentistry. Book your appointment by calling (403) 245-9099 or filling out our online form.


Aside from a possible missed diagnosis of an underlying health condition, when teeth are removed or fall out,  the jawbone starts to lose density and structure and gums start to recede and shrink. Without an implant, the surrounding teeth can start to move, causing crooked teeth, poor bite alignment, jaw tension, and even headaches. Implants can mitigate this process and preserve your jaw, gums, bite, and smile. 


Dental implants can be used to replace one or many teeth after tooth loss. To learn more about the dental implant procedure read Why And How This Dental Procedure Is Performed and book a consultation with the team at Dr. Korol.


Dental Implants are considered cosmetic dentistry and are unlikely to be covered by your insurance provider.



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